Reconstruction after the earthquake in Abruzzo

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Reconstruction after the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy

Reconstruction after the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy
One of the anti-seismic, environmentally sustainable condominiums built in L'Aquila by CogEsi (photo Luciana Canu).

Following the dramatic earthquake in Abruzzo of April 2009, an innovative reconstruction project called C.A.S.E. (C.A.S.E. stands for “Complex Anti-seismic Sustainable Ecocompatible”) has been finalized by “CogEsi”: realized in record time, seven condominiums (each one with 25 apartments) meeting modern eco-sustainable and anti-seismic building codes have been constructed for the families whose homes were declared unusable by the local governmental authorities following the devastation.  All of the condominiums have been consigned to the Province of L'Aquila (the first ones at the end of September 2009).


“CogEsi” is an association of companies formed for this specific project by Italian building consortium “Consorzio esi” specialised in innovative and environmentally sustainable building solutions (see and by highly experienced and established building company “Co.Ge. Costruzioni Generali” (see 

The Abruzzo C.A.S.E. project developed by CogEsi adopts "dry stratification" technologies designed by “CeP Consulenza e Progetti” firm (a member of Consorzio esi, see This solution satisfies the highest anti-seismic and eco-compatible building standards: it is fast to execute, allows the construction of buildings which are safe, that benefit from significant energy savings and high levels of comfort within the interiors.


The construction technology behind "dry stratification" developed by studio “CeP Consulenza e Progetti” allows the assembly of the various layers of bio-sustainable elements to create the external walls of the building with load bearing steel, wood or prefabricated structures on which the sheets made up of the layered elements are mounted.  The homes, built in record time (less than three months), meet high quality standards and have the highest energy class savings thanks to this construction system based on technologically advanced solutions.


“CogEsi” received the assignment via a European tender and the buildings constructed for the Province of L'Aquila represent a sustainable architectural project for which leading companies participated in the supply of superior performance materials.


For the building envelope, “Celenit” company (based in the area of Padova, Italy, a member of “Consorzio esi”) supplied a panellized insulating solution (for roofs and walls) made with their natural and eco-compatible insulating materials and with DuPont™ Tyvek® Enercor® metallized and breathable membrane. The Department of Physics at the University of Padova have certified the insulation values offered by the special panels from Celenit made with their natural and eco-compatible insulating materials and with DuPont™ Tyvek® Enercor® membrane.


The natural and eco-compatible insulating materials of Celenit have been certified by ANAB (Italian National Association for Bioecological Architecture), IBO (Österreichisches Institut für Baubiologie - Wien), IBN (Institut für Baubiologie Neubeuern - Germany).